“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
As a vegan, and knowing the horrific things we inflict upon countless creatures with our food choices every single day, nothing hits my mommy heart more than what we do to babies.
It’s not enough to be vegetarian to end cruelty and death upon others. With both dairy and eggs, there is this uncomfortable truth that no one is talking about, the very fact that reproductive animal products — which is what milk and eggs are — require enslavement of females only.
Sex Is A 50/50 Game
With the billions of female chicks born into the egg laying industry every year in America, an equal billions more are males. Their creation (and end) is one of profit and necessity by an industry intent upon satisfying a consumer desire for a traditional breakfast, mayonnaise, and baked goods.
These male chicks (cockerels) are an unnecessary by-product of laying hens bred to crank out menstrual cycles — eggs. Male chicks not only don’t have these cycles, they don’t even have ‘meat value.’ They are ground up or suffocated while still alive as a standard practice in the ‘egg growing’ industry that egg-eaters perpetuate.
Is this the kind of people we are in America?
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Hope For Billions
Though I am no animal welfarist, reading the news that new technology may end the necessary practice of grinding baby chicks alive (for our eggs) makes me heave a sigh of relief. It’s about time the decades-long work of animal advocates like PETA and HSUS paid off.
There is still that tiny issue of enslaving others unnecessarily for our pleasure palate, but changing people’s habits is so often a slow-going process, particularly when those habits involve what we eat. But this — finding a better way than culling male babies — is a good start.
The Chick Or The Egg? How About…Neither?
My family and I have been vegan for more than 4 years now. We were all non-vegan for the decades before that, so we know how difficult it can be to take that step into the unknown. To be sure, it’s been no hardship save that the rest of the world is reluctant to come along.
And to think we don’t even need eggs to live healthy, happy lives! My whole life, Blue Plate Mayo — made in Louisiana — was my condiment of choice because of its rich, creamy taste and texture. I never knew the truth about eggs, so why change something I love to eat?
Now I know, and what I know makes me complicit in the crime. Now you know too.
We now buy Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo at our local Wal-mart. (Our grocer, Kroger, carries Hellman’s Vegan, but I would rather support a vegan company rather than an animal-use company that happens to have a vegan option.) Its taste and texture is just as amazing as my former Blue Plate, without the added cruelty. It was a $0.50 difference in price — cheaper. I had to really look for it, though; on a 10-ft by 10-ft wall of countless mayonnaise products, it was the only vegan option and located at the very bottom right of the section, tucked back. If I didn’t know what I was looking for, I might never have found it.
Hampton Creek Mayo
All of the taste, none of the death,
none of the cruelty, none of the cholesterol
of an egg-based mayonnaise.
- NPR’s ‘The Salt | Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinder
- DirtNKids | Rooster’s Don’t Lay Eggs: The Unavoidable Cruelty of Yard Hens
- DirtNKids | Vegan Holy Grail! Chocolate Cake, an FAQ
Why continue habits that cause the unnecessary
suffering or cruelty of others?
Living with a conscience is such an easy thing to do.